What you need to know about TMJ Treatment
TMJ treatment has been in demand due to millions of Americans suffering from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurrent headaches. While these symptoms may be caused by anything else, in some cases the pain and discomfort can be due to a temporomandibular disorder or TMD.
The temporomandibular joints or jaw joints connect your lower jawbone or the mandible to your skull. All the movements of the jaw are made possible by these, so they become quite overused throughout the day, when you speak, chew, swallow, laugh and yawn. As it is a very important joint, pain that is related to the TMJ can be very unpleasant. Depending on the degree, it may restrict movement, making it more difficult for the individual to speak, eat and even smile.
What are the symptoms of TMD/TMJ?
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound heard and felt when the jaw is moving or in function
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Muscle spasms that often occur in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of the top and the bottom teeth, to indicate changes in jaw alignment
- Frequency of lock jaw episodes or limited opening of the mouth
Should you notice any of these symptoms, you should immediately let your dentist know what you are feeling so that we can advise you as to what needs to be done. First of all, it is important to determine the root cause of the symptoms, to make sure that it is TMD that is causing it. When proper assessments have been carried out, the appropriate treatment can be provided.
If you are not dealing with any of these symptoms that is good news and you should try to keep it that way. There are simple things that you can do at home to be able to prevent TMD from causing any real problem for you.
How to prevent TMD/TMJ
- Make a habit of relaxing your face. This means that your lips are together but your teeth are apart, avoiding clenching
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Avoiding constant gum chewing
- Do not cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder. Instead, you can use a headset or settle with holding the receiver to your ear with your own hand
- Chew your food evenly on both sides of your mouth
- Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
- Try to maintain good posture, at all times. Keep your head up, your back straight and your shoulders squared
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